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The Clenched Hand

Signed front center of base: A. Rodin Foundry mark rear center of base: Alexis RUDIER. / Fondeur. PARIS.

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.

Made in France, Europe

Modeled c. 1885; cast 1925


18 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 8 inches (47 x 29.8 x 20.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Rodin Museum

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929

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Rodin explored the expressive power of hands almost obsessively, using them to convey an infinite variety of emotions—fury, anguish, fatigue—and as metaphors for creation. It is thought that he conceived The Clenched Hand as a study for The Burghers of Calais (Philadelphia Museum of Art, F1929-7-129) but probably rejected the hand as being too fiercely animated.

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